Metro-East News

Hobby Lobby opening new store next week

Will Buss
Will Buss

Hobby Lobby in Fairview Heights is planning to open its new store next week.

The hobby retailer will leave the Crossroads Centre on Lincoln Trail and relocate to a new shopping center, Fairview City Centre.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. Nov. 9.

Jewelry store

A women’s contemporary jewelry and accessory retailer is opening a new store in St. Clair Square. Charming Charlie will open its doors Monday morning in the Fairview Heights mall’s lower level. The new store will also carry a full range of handbags, small leather goods, scarves, watches, sunglasses, select footwear and apparel. This is the 22nd location for the chain in Illinois. Charming Charlie has more than 350 stores across the United States, Canada and the Middle East and has plans to open 55 more next year.

Food news

▪  The Judy Inn in Glen Carbon is being renovated and will soon offer a new dining experience. Restaurateur Justin Pickering will be reopening the building as The Cabin at Judy Inn, which was named for Madison County’s first permanent settler, Col. Samuel Judy. Pickering brings his culinary experiences from the Central West End, Chicago and Malibu to his new establishment, which will open soon off Illinois 157 at 3730 Hillsboro Ave. in Edwardsville.

▪  The new Burger King under construction in Swansea is expected to open before Thanksgiving. A foreman at the site, on the out lot in front of Rural King at 2801 N. Illinois St., said the fast-food restaurant should open by Nov. 19. Stay tuned.

Construction soars

And finally, local construction activity has increased during the past year. Both residential and commercial construction activity is soaring in St. Louis, where according to industry data and statistical analysts Dodge Data & Analytics, residential construction has exceeded $1.3 billion so far this year, after reaching $1.1 billion at this same point a year ago. Commercial construction starts have reached $1.2 billion this year after only recording $879,000 in construction starts at this time last year.